Attorney General Jeff Sessions once again blasted Chicago politicians Wednesday, citing a two-year surge in gun violence.
The attorney general spoke to officers from 51 departments and blamed hundreds of additional killings since 2016 on an agreement between Mayor Emanuel and the ACLU.
City Hall's deal with the ACLU required police to report in writing each time they stopped someone and to give that person a "receipt" with the officer’s badge number.
“The ACLU effect: policing went down, crime went up,” Sessions said.
Sessions zeroed in on what he claims is a lack of political support for street cops in Chicago, noting that violence suddenly surged only in African-American and Latino neighborhoods.
“The increased crime that resulted cost a staggering $1.5 billion,” Sessions said. “Ninety-four percent of the victims were minorities.”
Sessions said nothing publicly about the latest humiliating blast from his boss.
“I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad,” President Trump told Hill.TV. “I’m not happy at the border, I’m not happy with numerous things."
He later walked it back a bit.
“I’m disappointed in the attorney general for numerous reasons, but we have an attorney general,” Trump said.
While Sen. Lindsey Graham and others suggested the president may fire Attorney General Sessions after the Nov. 6th midterm elections, the president still won't use the "f" word. Asked specifically if he'll fire Sessions, President Trump said only "we'll see what happens."
The ACLU of Illinois has responded to Sessions, saying they blame the increase in violence on other factors in 2017 and 2016, including reaction to a video showing the shooting of Laquan McDonald. The ACLU claims the case exposed a police code of silence.